Top 10 University Comparison UK And How To Pronounce Them
Education in a UK University costs a lot of money, but did you know you can learn in a UK University for free? This weeks learn to speak English podcast talks about university comparison UK. It covers how to pronounce many of the odd English names of UK Universities and talks about how much university tuition costs and how you can avoid some of these costs.
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Hi there, I’m Hilary and welcome to this latest podcast from Adept English. This is the Monday podcast and as ever, the intention of the podcast is to help you with your English language learning. So listen to this podcast several times, until you become familiar with the meaning and you’ve understood any new vocabulary, any new phrases or words.
British Universities are known throughout the world. You may have heard of universities in the US, like Yale, Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and Cornell. But you’ve probably heard of Oxford and Cambridge as well. You may also have heard of University College London or Imperial College London. So these are some of the top universities in the world. But actually there are a lot more universities in the UK. Perhaps many you haven’t heard of, which are still very good universities.
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This Is Not A Complete University Guide But It Offers Unique Insights
Every year, one of the well known British Sunday newspapers brings out a ‘Good University Guide’ and they list all 132 universities in the UK. So that’s including of course, the ones in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as the ones in England. So as I’m talking about the universities, it’s probably a good exercise for you in pronunciation as well, as many of the universities are called after the towns and the cities they’re located in. And you may be aware that there are some confusing pronunciations when it comes to British place names, so it may be a good idea to look at the transcript – the written version of this podcast, just so that you can see the spellings and then the pronunciation on top of it. In case you aren’t aware – every single podcast which we put out has a transcript, the words all written out. And you can get the transcript free of charge on our website at adeptenglish.com, of course.
So the Good University Guide rates the universities against various criteria. So when you rate something, the verb ‘to rate’ means that you say how good you think it is, you measure its value, if you like. You judge it. And the word ‘criteria’ is a plural – the singular form of the word is ‘criterion’. So that’s an unusual set of endings for an English word – ‘criterion’ and ‘criteria’. It comes from Greek, of course. Anyway, ‘a criterion’ is a rule or a standard against which something is judged or measured.
Unistats Can Help You With Which University Is Best In The UK
So the British universities are rated against criteria like how good the teaching is, what the students think of their experience, how much the university contributes to research. They’re also rated on how many students find a job related to their studies after they have graduated, after they’ve finished their degree course.
They also measure how many students complete the course, what the exam results are. And what student services are like. Student services means where you get help with things like accommodation. So that’s housing, where you live. With student finance – that’s your money and also with visas if you need them. And careers – so that’s getting a job after university. Also most university student services include counselling – so services to help you with your mental health difficulties, if necessary.
So as you would expect, on the general list of universities, Cambridge is at the top and Oxford is second.
The rest of the top 10 UK universities read like this – St Andrews (that’s in Scotland); Imperial College London (which is known for Science, Technology and Medicine); Loughborough – there’s a difficult one to pronounce, but a good campus university – a campus means that it has grounds, it’s set on a big park and the buildings are close to one another; Lancaster, which is up in the North West of England and another campus university; Durham University, which is in the North East of England; University College London or UCL as it’s known; then the London School of Economics or LSE; and in 10th place, the University of Warwick another hard to pronounce one, given the spelling.
And Warwick is in Warwickshire, which is in the Midlands – and the county where William Shakespeare was from.
If You Ever Wondered Which Are The Best Universities In The UK You are In The Right Place
So that’s all fairly predictable. There are as I said 132 universities and they’re fairly spread throughout the country. Some universities are specialists and excel at their particular subject. The verb ‘to excel’ means ‘to be the best at’ something. So for example, there are a number of ‘Arts Universities’ - the University for the Creative Arts, Bournemouth Arts University or Norwich Arts University.
These are unis who specialise in delivering courses in subjects like Fashion, Architecture and Graphic Design as well as tradition Art. If you do Fashion or Architecture – so that’s designing buildings, or even Graphic Design, then you’re going to be much more able to get a job than if you’ve done Fine Art perhaps, as your subject. So these universities are not going to be at the top of the list, mainly because they don’t do much research. But that doesn’t mean they’re not good universities – it’s just that they’re specialists.
Some of the universities were marked down this year, they were judged as less because the lecturers – that’s the university teaching staff – the lecturers were ‘on strike’ for part of the year. Going ‘on strike’ means that they refused to work for some of the time because they were protesting about changes to their pensions.
A pension is the money saved up for when you retire, when you’re old and you stop working. So if you take ‘strike action’, it means that you stop working as a protest, because you’re unhappy about something. So of course, the lecturers being on strike affected the students and therefore it seems also fair that these universities lose position because of it.
Universities Cost So Much Money These Days You Need To Know The Ranking Of UK Universities In 2018
The top five universities in Scotland were St Andrews, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh. Universities in Scotland are free to people living in Scotland for three years or more. If you’re Welsh, that means you’re from Wales and you go to university anywhere in the UK, then you have half of your tuition fee paid – your teaching fee - and you can have a loan for the rest. That means that you can borrow the money for the rest of it.
It seems a bit unfair to English students who all pay £9,250 for each year of study. No help with that. So that means that there’s a debt of nearly £28,000 by the time they finish uni, and that’s just the fees for the teaching. That’s just tuition fees, that doesn’t include the cost of living. The fees are rather more for overseas students, but this varies from university to university. So if you’re thinking of moving to the UK, so that your children can go to university here – Scotland looks the best from that point of view!
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Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
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